Student cast for ‘The Hobbit’ announced by Quincy Community Theatre; performances set for Oct. 19-22

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The Main Stage student theatre play "The Hobbit" includes a cast of 19 actors. The play will run Oct. 19-22. | Photo courtesy of Quincy Community Theatre

QUINCY — Quincy Community Theatre has announced the cast for its upcoming production of “The Hobbit,” which will be performed Oct. 19-22. 

Before “The Lord of the Rings,” there was “The Hobbit.” Join Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield on their legendary quest to reclaim the dwarves’ ancestral home from the sinister dragon Smaug. From the Shire to the Battle of the Five Armies to deep underground — where a twisted creature guards his “precious” ring — Bilbo’s journey through Middle-earth abounds with peril, unparalleled adventure and a healthy helping of Hobbit humor.

The Main Stage student theatre play is under the direction of guest director David A. VanCleave.

In a press release, VanCleave said, “As a guest director from out of town, I never know what to expect at auditions. What I found at QCT was an overwhelming amount of support and talent from all ages and experience levels. The 19 actors joining us on this adventure are simply magical. I cannot wait for audiences to see their friends, neighbors, coworkers and students transform into hobbits, dwarves, goblins, dragons and more.”

“The Hobbit” has cast of 19 students and adults, including several making their QCT and/or stage debut. The cast is:

  • Ava Kaelke as Bilbo
  • Helen Smith as Thorin
  • Olivia Jones as Gandalf
  • Alec Eaton as Gollum
  • Sage Mann as Smaug
  • Liberty Daffron as Balin
  • Gabby Jones as Gloin
  • Kellan Wiewel as Bombur
  • Lydia Marie Duesterhaus at Dwalin
  • Alexander Guegel as Oin/Bard
  • Hadley Garner as Bifur
  • Anlee Jones as Bofur
  • Cecelia Wayland as Dori/Captain
  • Marissa Rabe as Ori
  • Emma VanDeVelde as Nori
  • Quinton Miller as Fili
  • Julian Holt as Kili
  • Dufresne as Dork/Goblin King
  • Jen Shackleton as Doof/Maxwell

The production team of “The Hobbit” is Gretchen Wolfmeyer as stage manager, Cecilia Bruening and Logan Mulch as assistant stage managers, Natalie Rose Mabry as scenic designer, Bryan Zipp as lighting designer, Casey Mercurio as costume designer, Dan Stephens and Randy Wolfmeyer as specialty props artisans and Steve Looten, Jr. as fight choreographer.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, Sept. 25. Performance times are Oct. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Seating is reserved. A student preview for area schools is scheduled for Oct. 17. Teachers may enter for tickets at

An interactive discovery night for “The Hobbit” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at QCT. The free event will give participants a view into the production process and culminate with a preview of a rehearsal. A Q&A talkback session with the cast and crew will be held after the Friday, Oct. 20 performance.

For more information, visit or call the QCT box office in the Oakley-Lindsay Center at 217-222-3209.

“The Hobbit” is sponsored by Refreshment Services Pepsi. QCT’s 2023 season is sponsored by Gardner Denver.   

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